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How To Start A Tech YouTube Channel! Film Your FIRST Tech Review!

Terren Rule, Filmmaker, Tech Enthusiast

How To Start A Tech YouTube Channel! Film Your FIRST Tech Review!

Terren Rule, Filmmaker, Tech Enthusiast

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11 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Introduction - Start Here :)

    • 2. Camera Gear You Need

    • 3. Finding Tech To Review!

    • 4. Becoming An Expert On Tech

    • 5. How To Write A Review Script

    • 6. Filming Your A ROLL!

    • 7. Importance of B ROLL!

    • 8. Editing Your Tech Review

    • 9. Exporting Your Video

    • 10. Valuable Lessons I Learned

    • 11. Goodbye and Thank You!

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About This Class

Want to start a YouTube Channel about tech? Learn fundamentals about creating your own tech product review to share online. 

This introductory class is teaching aspiring tech creators how to properly craft a tech review from beginning to end. Taught by myself, Terren Rule, you will learn how to tell your experience and story with a product to your audience in a compelling way every time. 

Terren has thousands of followers on YouTube, and has crafted a catalog of tech reviews that has provided value to audiences around the world about their buying decision. He is taking his years of experience telling a cohesive story and review about a product to you through this course. 

Easy-to-follow lessons include:

  • Camera gear you need
  • Finding Tech To Review
  • How To Become An Expert On The Product!
  • Writing Your Tech Review Script
  • Filming A Roll & B Roll
  • Post production editing, exporting, and sharing
  • Extras: lessons I've learned over the years

Whether you're a new creator starting out, or a veteran tech reviewer, there is a lot to learn at all skill levels. In just under an hour, you will have the tools you need to start telling a better story and review about tech products to your audience. 

You can find Terren here: YouTube, Instagram

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Terren Rule

Filmmaker, Tech Enthusiast


I currently work full-time as a financial advisor, while creatively pursuing my dream to be a full-time creator online. I am known for my passions for creating lifestyle vlogs and tech product reviews on YouTube.

As of today, I have over 5000 subscribers on YouTube with a combined 1,000,000+ views on the work I upload. You can find me on YouTube by clicking below! 

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1. Introduction - Start Here :): Hey, my name is Taryn. I'm 22 years old. I am out here in Ontario, Canada. So shadows, anybody who's a fellow Canadian. Thanks for tuning in, but hello, global audience. Anybody else around the world, I'm most known for the stuff that I post on YouTube, so I have load a bunch of logs and telling stories about my life as well as I upload tech reviews. I am a huge fan of tech, as you can probably just see all around my room in that little glowing thing, you know? Anyway, I always get asked a lot of my process and how I make my videos because my tech reviews have been able to go on or hundreds of thousands of views every single month. And in this course I wanted to share everything. I know all the secrets and things that I that I've learned over the years to tell a compelling story to an audience. When you're trying to review a product for them, we're gonna talk about cameras. We're going talk about becoming an expert at a lot of product. We're gonna talk about how to actually craft a compelling story that will captivate your audience where you talk about all the things. So I hope you guys enjoy class Project for this is by the end of it, you create your own check review and you can share it in the project section down below and I'll go ahead and critique and we'll see how good to do. And hopefully I taught you well. But anyway, enjoy the course and I'll talk to you guys very shortly. Peace. 2. Camera Gear You Need: before we talk about how to actually review a product, we first need to discuss the type of equipment and gear you need to use to tell your story . My piece of advice is toe. Always use the best camera that you have at your disposal, or if you're planning on buying something to buy the absolute best camera you can with the money that you have. And I could end the first lesson here right here and say that that's it. Really. What's most important to me is that you guys get started right away on creating your very first tech review. It's very easy for us to get into this habit of trying to save money for the best possible camera equipment. And what ends up happening is we just kind of sit on the sidelines forever, not making things, not creating things and not reviewing products when it comes down to it. The content that you post online and share on YouTube or wherever you choose to share your tech reviews, it's always about what's inside the box. The content. It's never really about how pretty something looks and how good something sounds. With that in mind, I did want to provide you guys some value today. In this lesson, at least give you some recommendations on some of the things that I would personally use. If you're just getting started with a Tech review YouTube channel, I'm going to start with the cheapest stuff and then work my way to the most expensive stuff . Just depending on where you are on the budget spectrum, Number one would be your smartphone if it's an iPhone or Google or any type of Android phone. Most smartphones, at least in the past 10 years, can shoot high definition video. And that's really all you need to get started. And that's why these things were so versatile is a really great offense to get started. At least in the past 10 years, every smartphone should be able to shoot a high definition video as what you're seeing on the screen right now. This is being shot with my Google pixel three A. You probably get a very similar image on a smartphone that you have right now. If you don't want to use your smartphone and your very interesting actually getting started and buying a dedicated video camera, you might have already come across this right here, which is a GoPro on action camera. These are relatively inexpensive, and they're very attractive, really, because of its price. You get a lot of stuff packed into a camera like this, but it's something that I wouldn't really recommend. I know they're cheap and has a lot of features. But action cameras, air really meant for action, for a movement for sports, for being outside and broad daylight. They were never really intended for talking head shots and review type of videos like what you see here. If you're gonna spend money, I wouldn't spend it on a GoPro or any type of action camera I would actually think about maybe potentially spending your money on a point and shoot camera. I'm the one that I have here is a Sony Rx 100 mark five. I believe Mark four mark five. I get lost with the names of these things, and what's great about point and shoot cameras is there, like the perfect beginner camera, because it has everything you need. Built into a small form factor has a built in lens that can adjust the distance you want to zoom in at which is really cool. Usually they have flip up screens so you can actually you know, you can see yourself when you're making your tech reviews wherever you place your camera down, and they're just really easy to use its in the name point. Press the shoe button shoot and you're get good to go on your good to start recording. These can get relatively expensive. I wouldn't spend too much money on one of these because if you if you're planning on spending a lot of money, you're better off buying a different kind of camera, which I'll get into. But if you have, like a couple $100 kicking around and you really want to buy a dedicated video camera, a point and shoot camera would be the nice place. The start. I would recommend looking at a camera that might have an external microphone input built into the device, the one that I have a dozen, which is okay if it doesn't. But I'm just trying to future proof your purchase. If your point and shoot camera does have a built in microphone Jack later on down the road , you can plan on upgrading the audio from using the microphone built into the camera with an actual external microphone. Like what I'm actually using in this set up here to get better audio for your video and then actually the same can be done with your smartphone. I should have mentioned that earlier. You can do the exact same thing by plugging in an external microphone into your smartphone and improve the audio as well. The other option you have is buying a dedicated muralists or DSLR camera, this big boy right here and buying separate lenses to kind of get started with video. I think in the long run, this is probably the best purchase you could make over buying over buying one of the point and shoot cameras just because these air upgradable over time point and shoot cameras, you get what you pay for and that set like you can't really change anything out of the only downsides to buying one of these types of cameras is you need toe be willing toe, learn everything you want to learn about them, knowing how to actually get a good image out of the camera manually. So there's a little bit of a learning curve with this, but has nothing that's too difficult for anybody to learn. You just have to sit down and have the patients to learn how to use it. And if you have that kind of patients and the kind of money to go to buy camera from Sony, Panasonic or can in whatever brand you end up choosing, I think you'll find a lot of reward in the long run. Going with cameras like these that have interchangeable lenses and a dedicated camera body , I think it is. It's a better purchase, but you know where your budget lies. I just want you to get started as soon as possible. So that's cameras for you. In terms of other camera gear you might want to think about is maybe the microphone. I kind of hinted at this earlier. If you can think about spending some money on better audio, I think that's a much better place start into actually buying a new camera. Most of us have cameras that can shoot HD video don't really need any better quality than that. In my opinion, I think where your money is best spent is improving the audio quality because you really want your audience. Be able to clearly hear your message, your voice in the type of story you're trying to tell about the product that you're reviewing, and it's a relatively inexpensive way to really up the production value of your tech reviews. If that's something you're interested in doing and you have extra money to spare, I recommend looking on Amazon and just looking up external microphones that are compatible with your camera of choice. Maybe a smartphone or or point and shoot camera. That big, merely Sony camera that have any external microphone you buy will be better than whatever is built into your device. Don't stress too much about it. Just try to find one with good reviews. I'd recommend looking at a company called Road. That's the products that I use, and they do a pretty good job making microphones at all budget ranges for all kinds of recording devices, like a smartphone or camera. You'll also want to consider a tripod for your videos. I think this is really important as well, Audio first and having a tripod over buying a new camera. I think buying a new camera should probably be one of your blast purchases you should make a tripod is so important because it actually protects the investment that you made or the current recording device they're using from falling down keeps the shot in place and leveled out. And you know, everything is framed properly here because the tripod is on three legs. I mean, you could also, you know, proper camera on books on a shelf, like maybe the ones that have behind me and you're a window or something. You can get the job done. That way. You don't need to have a tripod. But I will say, though is that safety is a huge thing for me. And I think for a lot of people, it's really worth it just to go on Amazon and by 20 or $30 tripod to protect your multi $100 investment in a camera. I think that's totally worth it. Instead of risking it and putting your device on something that fall over like a like a couple of bucks or on a shelf. Last but not least, lighting, so lighting is, is really it can come free, or it might cost you Liberte money in terms of lighting. You can make artificial light, which is what I have created around here. I have artificial light beaming onto me, my currents close. I just prefer to do it that way because I don't really have a good source of natural light in my home. If but if you live in a home where there's nice big windows, and it's in an area where you're happy to record in like you're letting, situation might already be free and ready to go, you just want to make sure you record in daylight and put your camera on a tripod or on whatever you want to place it on directly facing you while the light is shining on you. Good lighting is so important. It doesn't matter how expensive your camera is. If you don't have good lighting, any camera from a couple $100 to thousands of dollars will look terrible without good lighting. Like most cameras air pretty good these days, and all you need is good lighting to make the camera shine. You can do that through windows, or you can even buy cheap lights on Amazon. That's what I have. I just have a bunch of cheap flights as I've shown you in this for you already. It's really up to you where your budget lies, your housing situation in terms of where you can get good sources of light. And that's my lesson on camera gear. Hopefully, that made a whole lot of sense for you guys again. It really is so important about getting started and really just getting into the review process, which we're gonna dive into in the further lessons. But this is still a very important part of the step. And if you are interested in, you know, upgrading your equipment. Hopefully this was a little bit of Ah, some insight, at least on how you can go about doing that anyways, thank you so much and I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Finding Tech To Review!: everybody welcome back. And right now I really want to talk about the next step in the tech review process, which is actually finding products toe to review. Like you need tact to do all this stuff right? One of the biggest misconceptions that I've seen online is that you need the latest and greatest tech to start a tack YouTube channel and, uh, have products to review online. And that could be further from the truth. That gets not true it all. And I know this because I'm a living and breathing example. I That's how I run my tech YouTube channel right now. I don't actually by the latest products. I do all of my reviews on products that are relatively old. The reason being I'm just a regular person who just doesn't have the money to buy the latest iPhone, the latest Mac book, the latest laptops or whatever. Every single year, every six months, however quickly they come out. And that's the same for a lot of people. Millions of people all around the world can't afford to buy new tackle the time, let alone of really expensive prices that tech has these days. So one of the first places you can go to in terms of finding tech to review is yourself. What are things that you currently have that you know, you might think people are interested in or things that you might like that you could review. It could be the phone that you have is a good place to start in review. It could be the computer that you have. It could be that's really cool toaster, that you have any type of piece of technology just to get your fingers wet. And to start reviewing things. Just look around your house and see what you can do. And you'd be surprised, too, because there's a huge trend online, at least the one that I've been capitalizing on is creating reviews of products that are old like. A lot of people are very interested in seeing how our products age has stood the test of time, and whether or not a phone from five years ago is worth it in 2020 when it came out in 2015 like, is it still a good buy things like that or camera that came out just two years ago? Is it comparable to the newest camera that came out today, Or should I save my money? And just by the older camera that came out two years ago? Do you see what I'm saying? Like there's a lot of people very interested in that topic, And that's the type of topic most of us kind of start into is reviewing Old Tech. It's just a really fun way to dive into the world of tech because you couldn't do experiments. You can really show your audience whether or not some things worth it. And there's a huge crowd of people that are interested in that type of content. The next place to look for tech to review is your friends and family. I've personally done this before, but it's relatively not that easy to do, like I'm gonna be honest. First of all, you need to actually borrow the product from that person, and then you need time with it, and then you need to give it back to them. Obviously, it's just that time away from the device. It can be really hard to coordinate with a friend or family you're taking it from, but you know, if that's an option, you have, and they might have some new tack in their home. You know, it could work out and you could ask them. I've done that plenty of times. Just I understand that it they might not say yes because a lot of the times people's cell phones or laptops or TVs they use them every day, and they can't really be that long without them. So, you know, try your best, maybe work something out with them. But that's definitely another source of places where you can get tech for free, which is people you know. The last and most difficult way to get tech products to review would be actually going out and buying it yourself. Very obvious. I know, but very hard to execute. You need a job. You need a job that pays you enough money not only to cover your necessities like to actually give you the opportunity to save extra money towards buying the latest attack. It's a really slow and grueling process. From my experience, there's trying to build up enough money to buy tech to review. You just really need to be patient when it comes to creating tech reviews and starting a tech YouTube channel patients is like the number one thing you need because you're channel is gonna be built in driven on all these products you can review. So as you're saving money over time and you know you're slowly buying new items making videos as they come, eventually your videos to start to do well you're started. Build an audience slowly. You'll start to be able to earn a living money from your reviews that you post on YouTube or wherever you decide to post your videos. And then once you start earning a little money, you can save that money to then by more tech. And as you can see this process, repeat itself over and over again and kind of be a snowball effect. And eventually you'll be able to buy Tech all the time. If you just keep sticking with your goal of being a tech reviewer on YouTube, and I also want to add that you don't need to be first when it comes to reviewing tax like , don't be discouraged by that. I understand that there's so many people posting tech reviews online every single day. But what I've seen is is that people who gotta put yourself in the audience is shoes. When they're looking to buy a product, they usually don't just rely on one person's opinion. There were there watching, like 10 2030 videos until they've made up their mind. And you could be one of those videos and you could have been the deciding factor on whether or not they bought something or not. And they're gonna like your video and subscribe because you put so much effort into that. And that's really how you slowly build your audience. It's just putting your stuff out there and waiting for it to be seen. Thank you guys so much for reaching the end of this lesson. Hopefully, that made sense. I might have rented a little bit, but hopefully found some value in this one. Lets go and move on to the next Lawson. So you guys in a bit pace 4. Becoming An Expert On Tech: So now I want to talk about becoming an expert of the product. So as you see, there's a lot of steps that have to be taken before you actually film a tech review. And part of that is actually understanding what you're reviewing and that will. You can give the most knowledge and value to your audience. The easiest way to do this is actually just using the device, I would say at the bare minimum, like use the device at least for a few days before you make a review. But ideally, I personally try to use the device for at least a week or two weeks, or sometimes a few months before I really put out a good review. It's just because review has a huge weight to it. It's your definitive opinion about something, and I just think it's really hard to formulate a strong opinion about a device when you've only used it for a few days. Like I know this whole process is so exciting and sometimes I get wrapped into it, and I just really want to pump out this video and get it out there as soon as possible because I want to be first or just I just want to get it done. But you have to take a step back and understand that the longer and more patient you are with using the tech at your disposal that you're planning on reviewing, the better the review's gonna be. You're gonna find more nuances mawr, weird corks and kings with the device that you have that you can share with your audience so longer you spend using the product, the more value you could bring to your audience and values a key word here. Do you want to empathize and put yourself in the audience? Is shoes like, If it was up to me and I was a viewer and I'm going to go out and buy something, I want to hear someone's opinion who has actually had the device in their life for a couple of weeks. I don't want to hear somebody's review who just only had the device for 24 or 48 hours. Like how could they possibly know everything in anything about the device compared to the guy who's used it for a couple of weeks? That's type of mindset viewers have, and that's the mindset you want to get into when you're trying to make thes tech reviews is just be patient with the creation process and also the luxury of being a beginner tech reviewer is that most likely? The stuff you're going to be reviewing is the stuff you already owned has probably reviews already posted online on YouTube or on blog's. And you can use those videos and blog's as resources to help you become more of an expert on the product. And I'm not saying Teoh copy and paste people's opinions. But what I am saying is that you can use other people's experiences with the reviews together, all of this data, but everybody's opinions of what they liked, what they don't like to help you formulate your own. I found a lot of the times, and I've used a product for so long. I'm ready to make the review, and then I go and do some research and other people's reviews to see what they think that I might have missed a couple of things or things. I didn't realize where problems about the device or I might have missed out on some benefits that somebody else might have picked up on that. I didn't quite see what I was using the device. Do you see what that You see what I'm saying here? Like I'm not saying to copy people's reviews. I'm just saying to use them as resources to help you get a better, stronger opinion about how qualified devices for purchase. That's what's so great about the Internet. It's a community of people sharing their life and experiences with products, and you can tap into that community and get and gather people's experiences and formally, your own experience and then share a complete one more complete experience, at least to your audience so they get a better idea of whether or not this product is worth buying. On a side note, though, what I do want to add before and this lesson is that when you are using a product, just take notes like write down notes as you're using it, either on your phone or computer on a journal of things you've noticed. And once you've built up a pages and pages of notes over the couple of weeks, use that as inspiration for how to write your script for your tech review, which is actually what we're gonna be diving into next. So thank you guys so much for watching this lesson. Hopefully, that made sense. And you got some value from here. But now we're gonna go ahead and learn about how to actually write a script for a tech review. 5. How To Write A Review Script: all right, I got some water and welcome back to the next lesson here, which is actually going to be how to create the script for your tech review. I believe, at least from my experience, this is the hardest part of this whole process. Is taking all of your experiences with the product and turning it into a cohesive story in message that makes sense to the audience that's listening before even dive into making the script itself. I do want to make mention it's probably best you make your scripts on a digital device such as your cell phone. Your computer. I really wouldn't recommend using like a piece of paper and writing stepped down because tech reviews are very formative and there's lots of information you wanna put into there to give the most value to your audience. And the last thing I want you to do is just have your hand cramp from writing tons of of scripting notes on a piece of paper. 00 sometimes my lights behind me. I don't know if you guys noticed, but sometimes they blow out. I just turned the back on anyway. When it comes to making a review. It's usually best to start off with a thesis on overall argument or main idea. You want to tell your audience about In terms of this product, there's a lot of good questions you can ask yourself to help you formulate this idea. It could be What are you trying to convey to your audience in terms of the product in your life? Experience with it? How do you want your audience to feel about this product after they watch your review? Why should somebody go out and buy this product to begin with? Why should they not buy this product like these? Are a couple of really basic and easy questions that you can just answer to help you get a better idea of what type of argument you're trying to make about the product that you're reviewing. For example, I didn't review of this cell phone on my YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago. The Google Pixel three A and my thesis or my main argument was that because this phone is a year old, I wanted to answer the question of whether or not this phone is still worth it. In 2020 even a whole year later, after it's come out and my argument or my thesis and the message I wanted to leave with the audience was that the Google pixel three a is worth it still, even to this date after a year from now. And here's why. And it's that simple is that it doesn't need to be complicated. It doesn't need to be super specific, just as long as you have an overarching idea of what you're trying to say is Agliotti. And then once you've decided on your argument for your tech review, you just build on it. So a couple of key questions you can ask yourself are, You know, what did you like about the product? But didn't you like about the product? What could you recommend the company to do differently next time? How has the product benefitted your life? Why does this product benefit your life? I also really like looking at the company's marketing behind the device itself. Companies hire the best storytellers in the world to sell their phones are their laptops or whatever techie reviewing and it's their job to tell the story to the audience about why they should buy, said product. For example, Samsung released a new phone called the Samsung A 51 and the core marketing message of that of that product was that it has an awesome screen, awesome camera and long lasting battery life. That was the whole marketing story behind the new Samsung phone. So you can take a company story like Samsung's and have that be a premise for your view. Does the company deliver on their promises? If so, how and why do they deliver on these promises, or do they completely miss the mark and they're lying? And they're not delivering on everything they said they're delivering on in their commercial in their advertisement like That's a really unique perspective you could also take in a tech review. In my opinion, a quick thing that I do want to add is that I do. You don't want to put too much bias in your reviews. You really want to try your best to be impartial and to empathize with all kinds of buyers when it comes to buying a product, sometimes it can be a simple eyes, understanding who the practice for and who they're trying to sell it to and putting yourself into their shoes. I know sometimes we can come across products is tech reviewers, and we have a very specific and different opinions on from everyday people. You will see it as you make more videos. Everyday people typically don't look at and analyze products the way that you do so. That's kind of finding a happy medium and finding that nice balance when it comes telling your story. Like for example, there might be a feature on a cell phone or or new peace attack that you might not like. But there's a whole crowd of people around the world who love that feature. And if you can empathize and put yourself in those people's shoes, it will really help. Your review will be more authentic, be more honest and even admit it. Just say that, Yeah, I don't like this feature, but I can see how X amount of people really love this feature, and I'm gonna tell you why. You probably like it to see that that's a very authentic way of approaching the seemingly negative thing to yourself, but a very positive thing to other people. So it's really about putting yourself in your audience is shoes and then the buyers for that product and really helping them understand this, this product, meat, all of their needs. That's really how I feel. Um, our job as a tech reviewer stands. It's also good for your script to even think big picture, you know, Why did a company make that decision about a product of why did they put that in? What was the motivation behind the price of this product, or what was the motivation about having these set of features in this product? Companies are very thoughtful in detail about why they did things a certain way. When you can think big picture and really can share those connections that you've made to your audience, it really makes a review. Come across is more informative and more valuable to the people that are watching. The last thing, though, is that there's tons of reviewers online like myself, where you can look at our examples and how we do reviews. Now we reviewed. Take it, just take a no pad or use your computer. Take notes. What did you like about how we reviewed something? What didn't you like about how that person reviewed that product and take all these ideas to formulate your own unique way of telling your story about how you wanna review a product is nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from other people. It's just it starts to become wrong. We start to copy them to really just used them or myself or anybody online for inspiration about how to fund your own voice, your own opinion and in a way, and find your own unique way to tell your story about a product. It becomes easier with time, like I've been doing it for a couple of years now, as you do it a lot more often, it will be very easy for you to know what your voices and how you want to consistently tell a story about a product that comes in your hands. Anyway, I'll catch you guys in the next lesson. Hopefully, guys from the very valuable scene of it, peace 6. Filming Your A ROLL!: so we made it hopefully wasn't too much of a grueling process for you. Now we can actually get toe filming our Tech review. As you can see, there's so much that goes into the review before you actually hit the record button. But this lesson is going to be about filming the A role or in this case, the talking head shot, which is, I know what you see here were sitting down and either on office type of setting or by your window bedroom. Whatever backdrop you and 1/2 behind you. And you tell your story, you're telling the script that you just made your audience line by line and it's that simple, really. This is my favorite part, but it can get really hard, depending on how good of a day you're having in terms of reciting your lines and speaking it to the camera, for example, right now I have a script right on my lap for this entire course a guys were taking and I'm literally reading every line by line, and I've read it for a couple of minutes, and then I put my phone down, Okay, maybe in a couple of minutes I'll read it for, like, 10 20 seconds, and I put my phone down and then just deliver the line Teoh camera. And then once I'm happy with how I have said it, I move on to the next line on my phone, and then I would say that line and you just repeat that process over and over and over again until you finish saying all of your lives and you have a complete edit doble review that you're gonna cut up and edit in your computer. One we get to that later. This does require a lot of patients, and please, please just don't get mad at yourself. If you find that you all of a sudden can speak English anymore or your awkward or it sounds weird, it's totally normal. I promise. I just the same way I'm still that way, even to this day. For some reason, when I turn on the camera, it's speak English. Even right now. For some reason, turning on the camera speaking English for a lot of people just just goes out the door. So don't be discouraged. It will get better and easier with time as you keep doing it a quick little thing that I do want to add. Just a reminder is that when you're doing these talking head shots, please do it in a place with lots of good lighting may be artificial lights that you've purchased and I've recommended before, and the other lessons or sitting by a window of some kind that can deliver you natural daylight. Nobody's talking. Head shots will look good if it's in a dark room. No matter how good your camera is like you need have good lighting, you might even have to go outside for it. Maybe that might be your solution, but you have to find a place with good lighting. But there's no excusing that, in my opinion, that's it. Really, like you just want to double check everything, make sure you're in frame, and then, you know, you just go through your lines line by line or five lines at a time, however good you get at it. And then once you're done saying everything you needed to say the camera from the script you've made, then we can go ahead and move on to actually doing the next part of filming, which I'll talk about more in our next lesson. Seeing a bit peace 7. Importance of B ROLL!: Hello? Hello. Welcome back. I've We're out of water. I might have to get some more I for this lesson here. But today we're gonna be talking about the fact that products detect product you're actually reviewing is the star of the show and not you. The biggest complaint that I've seen from online tech reviews is that people are very frustrated. They don't want to see your face all the time. They want to see the actual product and planning on buying when it comes to making these videos, The next part of filming is not just the a role, which is the talking head shot and you delivering your story to the camera. Also the B roll or, in this case, the secondary footage of you actually filming the product in hundreds of different angles or unique ways to be able to show the audience what exactly the product looks like and how it looks when it's embedded into your life. And the best way I can describe this is going back to the theme of empathy. Like you really just want to put yourself in your audiences shoes like as much as they love you and they might have loved your personality. Like if I'm a buyer of a product, I might love you. But if I can't see what you're talking about, there's a huge disconnect like you need to show me what you're talking about you to show me what this product looks like. So, for example, if I'm doing a tech review on this cell phone, and I say, Hey, like this is a really lightweight cell phone fits in my hand and it's really nice to hold you want to actually have a B roll footage of you holding the camera, maybe even nodding your hand like this, mimicking and showing the audience that hey, yeah, like this is really like toe hold in it. Hey, it fits in my hand because I'm showing the audience that it fits in my hand. It doesn't need to be complicated. As you could see, you just have to keep showing the audience what you're talking about. The easiest way to do this is to work backwards and to go back to the script that we made in the previous lesson. Once you had your whole story typed out and made go line by line and see. OK, I want to have footage for what I'm talking about here. I wanna have footage. What? I'm talking about their to school line by line and see what type of secondary footage you can edit on top of this talking head shot and replace it with, said footage that describes exactly what you're talking about. The key here is finding the right balance of talking face footage and showing the product. I honestly think the mawr the merrier. In my opinion, I think what you'll find in this process is it starts to get really hard to film the same device over and over again from thousands of different angles, but want to keep doing it. You have a good eye of how you can accurately represent a product with your camera. I think for me, the balance that I try to find is I only ever really show my face in my tech review when I'm introducing the product and when I needed to have the audience actually really pay attention to what I'm saying sometimes when I'm making my story and I'm trying to tell a story about a product and I feel that this is a very important line that I don't want any distractions. I don't want people distracted by phone I'm holding or by the by the B roll footage I'm shooting. I want them just to focus on my face, my mouth and exactly what I'm saying, because it's a very important point. That's when you probably wanna have your face shots and then when you're actually just talking about the product and trying Teoh, share your life experience with it. That's when you wanna have your beautiful shots of actually the product in use and embedded in your life. As you can see, tech reviews can get complex, and they can get kind of convoluted and a lot of layers to it. You can add a lot of layers to making tech reviews and telling a really strong and cohesive story. I really think a majority of Tech reviews all starts with that script and then finding the balance between the A role, which is you're talking face footage and the B roll showing the audience exactly what you're talking about. There's a whole fine balance there, and then the more you make tech videos on YouTube, the easier it's gonna become. That's the process that I've been following. And it's been working for me, in my opinion. So anyway, thank you guys so much for tuning into this lesson. I will catch you guys in the next one to go get some water. I'm thirsty anyway, Pace. 8. Editing Your Tech Review: welcome to the next lesson here. We're gonna be on the computer on a webcam, and it's using a microphone, and we're going to be talking about how to actually edit the footage that you've now captured. So everything I'm talking about in this tutorial, it will be relatively easy. Like anything I'm doing in this video, you can do in any type of editing software of your choosing. In this case, I'm using Adobe Premiere Pro, but you could use final cut on your Mac. You could use really any type of free video editing. Softer most software have exactly what I'm going to be showing you. So I'm actually gonna pull up a previous review that I just did, which was with the 2015 Mac book air. And I thought, I'm just gonna walk you through my thought process a little bit on how I organized my footage so you can get a better idea on what you could do when you add it up your own tech reviews. I'm so, for example, if I go here, if you look at the top layer here versus the bottom layer, thes air, all of my talking head shots here and then on the top layer or all of my B roll shots. I kind of have them organized in Adobe Premiere Pro. If you put a piece of footage on top of the talking footage, I just muted right here. Um, you can see if I enable it will replace the B roll or the footage and be talking about the product over my face and still keep the audio there. So what you want to do if you have what you have all your footage imported into your timeline? Um, what I usually do is I just take the literally I'll take the long 25 minute footage, which is right here. And I would just cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut and just cut through left and right until I'm happy with how everything is like, I'm not gonna do that because it does take a long time. You could take a couple of hours, but just cut through, watch that your footage and cut off for doesn't sound right or things you want to leave out or things you're happy with. And just leave those ones in and delete pieces of footage like this Civil navy that you're not comfortable with. And then you build out, you're a roll from there. And then once you have all the a role that you're happy with, you just want to kind of just put them close together and your software, whatever you end up using. And once they're all lined up, ready to go, we wanna watch through it one more time and just make sure that there's no weird hiccups or cuts and that it sounds good and that everything sounds great. And then once you have your a role set up, that's when you want to go back to your script and look okay. Where did I say I was going to add? B roll was gonna be roll when I said this point in this point, Then you want to go into your other footage that you've taken footage of which, in this case, I call b roll. And as you can see in the bottom corner, I have all these shots of the product, and maybe right here I might have said something about me holding the laptop and how light it ISS. And then I would go to my bureau here, zoom in, um, and then I'll have a nice long shot on top of where I talk about how light the laptop is, and it just works very seamlessly. It works very seamlessly where you show your audience exactly what you're talking about and says Easy is that just cutting down the a role organizing it? So you have all of your talking points in their on going back in and replacing the main head shot footage. Which is this here, As you could see on my screen with footage that's related to what you're talking about, You just keep doing that over and over and over again and eventually you build out a video . A couple of things you probably want to Google Online is how to cut footage on the software you're using and how to replace video footage with software that you're using. Um, those are very basic things. You just follow the instructions on there. I just I can't give you a universal definition because every software is different. But that's pretty much the process. And I want to go back to the other project here. You could look, that's what it's gonna end up looking like just all of my footage aligned with my talking head shots and whatnot. And then you have yourself a review, really? And then we're going to move on now to the next lesson, which we talk about export settings. And it's quick, little easy ways to get your video just wrapped up, edited up and exported so you can upload it online. 9. Exporting Your Video: Welcome back. This is the next lesson where we're gonna be talking about exports setting. So this is really easy. Shouldn't take a whole lot of time. So whatever editing software you're using in this case, I'm using Adobe Premiere Pro. If you go to file in the knee, goad export and you go to media right here you have a bunch of settings that you can choose from. If you're using a different software, don't stress out. It's probably a very similar process, probably going to be under the file tab. You just want to look for something that says export video or sometimes they call it render video. Anything that sounds like you're going to be literally creating the video, ready to get a file and to put it online, whatever warning that software decides to use, I'm so once you're in here, I always recommend doing the format and h 0.264 That's the most friendly format for online video, and then what you want to do is go into the presets and don't be Premiere Pro as a tone of presets that you can choose from, Uh, I'm sure the software that you're using is gonna have the same thing. I never really made mention this in the other lesson, but I'll say it now. If you're gonna use PCR, recommend you use Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas dead at your videos. And then if you're using your Mac, just use final cut that's already built into the laptop, or you might have to buy it. I'm not sure, but those are usually the recommendations in terms of software that you can use. But there are other free software that you can use online. I just don't have the names of them right now, but they should give you a very similar editing experience because we don't need a whole lot of tools to build a tech review. We're just cutting footage, replacing certain talking head shots with B roll footage like That's all we're doing. So lots of free video editing software should be able to allow you to do that back to the export settings, so if we go back, it will be Premiere Pro as presets, so it makes it very easy. So in this case, I know I'm going to be exporting my video to YouTube, so I'm gonna go to their YouTube settings and they have 4 80 p, 7 20 p, 10 80 p and four k. I shoot all the videos and four K, so I would press the four K button. And that's it pretty much when I just still like to worry when you're filed to be saved. In this case, I have it save to the desktop, and then that's it. You just want to eat the expert, but and then exported, and then you have a file that, you know, upload online. If you're not uploading to YouTube, you might be uploading to Facebook. You can do the Facebook setting here or Twitter, or there's a whole variety of settings you can choose from. If your software doesn't say YouTube or doesn't say like a specific website where they have setting specific for that, a lot of the times your software might call it Web video or online video. 10 80 p. Online video. 7 20 p Anything that just sounds like where the video export settings are meant to be uploaded online onto a website for viewing. That's the settings you want to choose. Hopefully, this makes sense. I I don't want to feel like I'm rushing through this part. I don't want you guys to get confused here, but it's relatively a painless process. You just want to choose the presets just to get started. And as you start to get Maurin to making tech reviews, then you can look at different ways. You can manipulate the export settings to get the most quality out of your video, but that I don't really think that's important right now. This is really a big intercourse to get you started with making tech reviews. So holding that made sense. Hopefully, you guys got some value from that. You just went head export, and then now you have a completed video that you can now upload online. 10. Valuable Lessons I Learned: Welcome back to the set up here. The camera today. I just wanted to leave you guys off with this quick final lesson. It just about my general thoughts of things that I've learned over the past few years of making tech reviews that I wanted to share. Number one is that I really want to remind you of patients. I understand how fussed rating it could be to be a tech review or not being able to buy the latest tech. But you just have to be patient and just work with what you have. I always get in that type of mindset. Sometimes right is really want to get the latest piece attack, and I don't have the money for it, and I get really upset about it. But I think it's really important just to be patient and just focus on the things around you that you can review even to this day. There's still pieces of tech laying all around my house that I could still review and share online, and I plan to do all those things. We live in a pretty modern world, and if you have a skill share account, I think you probably have some tack in your home because you're paying to watch this video anyways might not be the tack you're completely interested in reviewing. But at least you can exercise your creative muscles and to get you know, your, you know, flex your muscles in terms of creating tech reviews at the end of the day. Another thing is, listen to the feedback, like when you start uploading and posting videos online, really look at the comments and see what people are saying. Focus on the questions that people are asking. Sometimes people have certain questions about the product that you're reviewing. Make sure you not only answer them, but take note of that. Maybe next time when you make your tech review, you can think about Hey, somebody asked a question about that for a previous product. Maybe, though Asset again on this product will make sure to answer that in this video. So it's really good to just when you're posting online to really keep in mind of what are the questions or audiences are asking, It can really help you empathize and put them into their shoes and see OK, this is how they air, saying the product. These are the questions that they have. How can I structure my video so I can answer most of their questions? I find, like the most successful tech reviews have ever had are the ones where I've answered a lot of the key questions that a person would be asking when it comes to making that purchasing decision about a product I never really touched on branding. But what I would say is, when you're making your YouTube channel for your tech reviews, I would personally just use your name like you don't need to admit. Have it be complicated or fancy, like your name is unique to yourself. And I think that's way more powerful than coming up with a different name. Like for me. My name's Terran rule, that's name of my Tech review channel. Very simple, very easy, very distinguishable because that's who. That's me. That's who I am. I just don't want you to get so caught up in trying to come up with the coolest online name per se, because that's another barrier you're adding to yourself to prevent yourself him starting to make videos and a post tech reviews online and lastly, just have fun with it. Like this is meant to be fun like don't get too caught up in the numbers of the analytics. Really? Focus on How can I give value to that one person watching your review? And I think if you come from that mindset, you have a lot of fun making these reviews and providing value to people and helping them make more informed buying decisions. That's really our job at the end of the day. Anyway, that's it for this lesson. Those are my kind of closing remarks on tech reviews, Tech Channel, Tech, everything when it comes to YouTube. 11. Goodbye and Thank You!: I just want to thank you guys very quickly for tuning in and watching this class. It took me a while to kind of put this all together. And I don't see anything like this on YouTube or on skill share or anybody really talking about the nitty gritty when it comes to making tech reviews. Maybe there's just not a lot of us out there, but if you are watching this and you got value from it, I'm super happy about that. Make sure to drop a rating, follow the skills hair channel, and I'll be sure to be uploading Mawr classes in the foreseeable future. I had a lot of fun making this, and I hope you guys had a lot of fun going through the lessons. I've really shared everything I know when all my secrets secrets when it comes to making these tech videos. So hopefully now I've made your process just a little bit easier. Anyway, I have YouTube channel, which I'll link down below if you check out my own personal tech reviews and anyway, that's it. Thank you so much. I appreciate it so much. Leave a rating. Leave your feedback on this class. I'd love to hear help myself improve my future classes. But see you guys all in the next one pace.